Course aims to empower goalkeepers and coaches

Badgers Football Academy’s Romaney Pinnock, Leoné Slabber and Jolanda Nkondo Lenssen are all smiles following their completion of a two-day goalkeeping course at Farouk Abrahams’ Goalkeeper Academy in Wynberg, at the weekend.

Badgers Football Academy’s Romaney Pinnock, her colleagues Jolanda Nkondo Lenssen and Leoné Slabber were among a number of seasoned and upcoming coaches and goalkeepers who attended an intensive two-day goalkeeping course at former professional player Farouk Abrahams’ Goalkeeper Academy (FAGA), in Wynberg, at the weekend.

Pinnock established Badgers in 2017, as the city’s first women-focused football club run by women.

“I find these courses very beneficial in understanding what we should expect from our coaches at Badgers,” she said.

We are mostly volunteer-run, but approach what we do professionally. This means putting more of our people on coaching, refereeing and first aid courses, and creating an environment for our members which is professional and vision-aligned.

“Our members need to feel that women’s football can offer them the same, if not more, structures, professionalism and career pathways than men’s clubs. Training our people on courses like the one offered at FAGA ensures we make this a reality,” said Pinnock.

“Our intention is to grow the number of girls and women benefiting from a supportive sporting community, especially those who ordinarily would not have had access to a space like this,” she said.